Police dog discovers drugs hidden inside pillow
A Scunthorpe man who was found to be concealing cannabis inside a pillow has narrowly avoiding a jail sentence.
Following a search at his home in November 2018, Azam Ali, 50, appeared at Grimsby Crown Court yesterday, Wednesday 21 October.
During the search, Humberside Police searched his flat for drugs.
Police dogs eventually identified cannabis and resin with an estimated street value of £260, as well as cannabis hidden inside a pillow, all of which Ali claimed were for “personal use.”
An expert felt it was more likely that the drugs were going to be sold, which the defendant denied.
Prosecuting, Andrew Bailey told the court:
“They found 242 grams of resin with an estimated street value of £1,210.
“He was interviewed and said he smokes weed and resin.
“He said he had bought the drugs a year before and didn’t intend to sell them. He refused to say who he had got them from but did say he did not pay a lot for them.
“A police drugs expert indicated the drugs seized were not for personal use. Most users purchase drugs to take in the immediate future.”
Azam Ali plead guilty to possession of class C drugs with intent to supply.
Due to his limited criminal history, Ali was given a year-long community order and instructed to attend a rehabilitation programme.
Humberside Police’s Operation Galaxy team continues to carry out raids and to prosecute criminals in relation to drug offences.
This morning, the team successfully executed a misuse of drugs act warrant at a property on Hinderwell Street in Hull.
Upon entry, officers discovered approximately £50,000 worth of cannabis plants at various stages of growth.
PC Tim McGowan, said:
“We will continue to act upon information supplied to us by the community in order to tackle criminal organisations intent on putting people around them at risk.
“I encourage anyone with any information relating to drugs, or any other illegal activity, to contact us on 101 so we can take appropriate action.
“Crimestoppers is also a great way to report crime, whilst remaining anonymous. You can call them on 0800 555 111.”
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